A RETIRED cop who has branded the £11.75 million investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance “a farce” and issued a formal complaint has been called “ludicrous” and “insensitive” by her parents.
Former Met Police officer John Coxon sparked controversy by writing an open letter to inquiry chiefs at Operation Grange.
Mr Coxon has called on the Independent Office Of Police Conduct to shut down the inquiry, branding it “the biggest scandal in the history of the Met”.
Maddie’s parents are incensed by his comments and have hit back, according to a close source.
The pal said: “The only police officers who matter are the ones on the ground carrying out the investigation.
“The opinion of a retired officer who has not even worked on the case is quite frankly ludicrous.
“Kate and Gerry have been advised not to talk about the inquiry whilst it is still ongoing and they remain extremely grateful to the Met Police for everything they have done in the search for their daughter and continue to do.
“For a former officer to condemn it when he no longer works for the force and has has had no involvement whatsoever is insensitive and spiteful towards Madeleine’s family, and the detectives who are trying their utmost to find out what happened.
“This is Kate and Gerry’s best possible chance of having a resolution to this unique and high profile case.
“They do not feel it is a waste of money and they do not need any more people coming out of the woodwork to spout their opinions when they know absolutely nothing.”
Last night Madeleine’s doctor parents Kate and Gerry thanked police for continuing their hunt for Maddie.
A McCanns spokesman said: “Kate and Gerry have been advised not to talk about the inquiry while it is still ongoing and they remain extremely grateful to the Met Police.”
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Madeleine vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal’s Praia da Luz in May 2007.
She had been left sleeping along with her younger twin siblings while her parents were dining in a nearby tapas bar with friends.
Heart doctor Gerry and ex GP Kate, both 51, from Rothley, Leics, cling onto a glimmer of hope their daughter could still be alive. She would now be aged 16.
British cops, who have been given £11.75 million of taxpayers’ money for their investigation Operation Grange, have failed to unearth any new clue since their inquiry started in May 2011.
But officers are determined to crack the case and have been given a further £300,000 to keep the search going until the end of March next year.